The Line: Poverty in America

DVD Release: October 21, 2014
The Line: Poverty in America


Poverty in America is probably not what you think. Emmy Award-winning producer Linda Midgett shows us the truth about poverty in our country in this groundbreaking documentary. About 50 million people in the United States live below the poverty line (in 2014, the poverty line was at $23,850 for a family of four), and one in four American children lives in poverty. But what is poverty in America? What defines “the line,” and how can the church and community make a difference?

Dove Review

In America, 46 million people live in poverty, and our country is the third highest rated among drug nations, ahead only of Turkey and Mexico. The poverty line starts with a family of four living with an income of under $23,000 annually. But what most people don’t understand or know is that some of these people are hardworking Americans who have previously held high-paying jobs and now find themselves in a way of life in which they never thought they’d be.

In this documentary, three people from different backgrounds tell their story about living in poverty, violence in poverty, the nature of poverty, and the labor of those in poverty. They tell of the struggles and endurance that they’ve had to face in these hard times. This documentary offers an enlightening look at America through the eyes of those who in the lower class who most people don’t see or understand.

“The Line” is awarded the Dove “Family Approved” Seal for all ages.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: None
Violence: Discussion about a young girl shot in the head and killed; violence caused by drug dealers; children not finishing school because they believe that the streets will kill them
Drugs: Discussion about drug dealers
Nudity: None
Other: Embarrassment about going to a food pantry; spouses divorcing partners because of change in health or finances; the hardships of finding work


Company: Gateway Films / Vision Video
Director: Linda Midgett
Producer: Linda Midgett
Genre: Documentary
Runtime: 43 min.
Industry Rating: Not Rated
Reviewer: Donna Rolfe